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The Vital Role of School-Based Health Centers in Creating a Violence-Free School Environment

This brief argues that issues of school violence, including bullying (and cyberbullying), fighting, use of weapons, gang actions, and self-violence (suicide and depression), can be addressed by the deployment of School-based Health Centers, which can serve as a resource, haven, and source of educational programs for students and faculty. *Discipline Disparities Research-to-Practice Collaborative, a group of 26 nationally known researchers, educators, advocates, and policy analysts, came together to address the problem of disciplinary disparities.

School Climate, Student Success and the Role of School-Based Health Care

This brief outlines the under-appreciated impact of overall school climate on the health, safety, and educational outcomes of all students, not simply those students typically thought to be “problem” kids. School climate has been defined as “the quality and character of school life.” It encompasses the internal social norms, values, organization, and teaching and learning practices within the school.

Letter from the U.S. Dept. of Justice, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, and U.S. Department of Education on Addressing and Eliminating Chronic Absenteeism.

This letter from the United States Cabinet Secretaries announces their long-term commitment to addressing and eliminating chronic absenteeism. 

Do Out-of-School Suspensions Prevent Future Exclusionary Discipline?

This evaluation brief examines the use of suspensions in 1,840 public middle schools in the United States and assesses the extent to which they are effective at reducing future problem behavior for students who receive them. The question of whether, and to what extent, a suspension serves as a deterrent for future exclusionary discipline incidents was evaluated for those students who received one or more suspensions at the beginning of the school year (August, September, or October).

What Works Clearinghouse

The goal of the WWC is to be a resource for informed education decision making. To reach this goal, the WWC identifies studies that provide credible and reliable evidence of the effectiveness of a given practice, program, or policy (referred to as “interventions”), and disseminates summary information and free reports on the WWC website. With over 700 publications available and more than 10,500 reviewed studies in the online searchable database, the WWC aims to inform researchers, educators, and policymakers as they work toward improving education for students.

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